Backup and restore: iOS 7 device to iOS 8 device

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by badman89, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. badman89 macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2011
    I currently have an iPhone 4 (iOS 7) and I plan to upgrade to iPhone 6 (iOS 8), but I'm not sure how the backup and restore process will work. Normally I use iCloud for backups, so I'm thinking I'll try the following steps:

    1. Backup my iPhone 4 (iOS 7) to iCloud.
    2. Purchase new iPhone 6 (iOS 8) and restore from iCloud backup.

    However, I'm not sure if it is possible to restore an iOS 7 iCloud backup to an iOS 8 device. What's the best way to go about this?

    Thanks very much in advance to anybody who can answer this question for me. Cheers!
  2. myforwik macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2014
    I am in the same situation. Pretty sure it will work fine - that's its whole point.

    If you have itunes backup to you PC mac as well, this should be faster.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    You can just restore to a new OS. You cannot restore backwards however (from higher to lower version).

    I suggest using your computer since it's much faster to restore via USB than via the Internet which will possibly have slowdowns especially during high load periods.

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